New and refurbished Library spaces create vibrant, innovative and engaging environments for students.

The Library strives to provide quality virtual and physical environments that support excellence and innovation in research and learning and offer a variety of social, informal and collaborative spaces for individual and group learning.

Recent upgrades include the refurbishment of HC118 in the Huxley Library and the refurbishment of the Auchmuty Library Roof Terrace.

The HC118 refurbishment  has  transformed what was regarded as a dingy underground bunker into - according to the University Librarian, Mr Greg Anderson, "one of the best spaces in the Library".

A new paint job, a well designed fit out, refurbished group study spaces and 70 new computers have converted the area into a clean, light-filled space that provides plenty of room for students to work intensively either by themselves or in collaboration with others.

Huxley HC118 renovation

The final stage of the Auchmuty Roof Terrace renovation was completed earlier in the year.  The terrace is designed to echo the feel of an inner city par and provides a relaxed outdoor space in the Library for students to meet or study.

Auchmuty Library Roof Terrace 


A key to the success of the recent upgrades has been listening and responding to student feedback. Students are clear about the need for a wide range of different study spaces in the Library, encompassing, group, silent and quiet spaces.


The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.